Pilgrims performing the kora of the Kawa Karpo mountain range, take turns to crawl through a Bardo hole. Bardo is the name of the time space between deaths and re-birth in Tibetan Buddhism. Crawling through these cave-like holes represents the practice for the period of Bardo before they are re-born.
The Kara Karpo mountain range forms the most eastern tip of the Himalayas and is a natural barrier between the eastern TAR and Yunnan Province.
2003 was the Chinese year of the water goat and is also the sacred year of this mountain range. This year is so auspicious that it only occurs once every 60 years and as a result thousands of Tibetan pilgrims travel vast distances to circumambulate the entire range.
Taking just under two weeks of walking through this extremely remote region, the pilgrims undergo great physical and financial hardship to pay their respects to the mountain and to Lord Buddha.